Vascular specialist services provides a range of treatments for vascular conditions
Vascular services within Mid Yorkshire are provided by Vascular consultants who are part of the larger Leeds Vascular Institute and the West Yorkshire Vascular Service. They are supported by a Vascular Nurse Consultant who is based within Mid Yorkshire and a number of Vascular Nurse Specialist nurses. The locally based nurse team assist with the running of the department, offering experience in management of the vascular patient, follow-up and rehabilitation, which contributes to a holistic approach in treatment of vascular conditions.
The vascular surgery team works in close co-operation with the interventional radiology department in the provision of vascular and endovascular treatments for the population of The Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust.
The team works as part of a multi-disciplinary team and works closely with other specialist services including:
- Clinical genetics
- The stroke team
- The renal team
- Podiatric Surgeons
- National Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Program
- Inpatient surgery - Leeds General Infirmary.
- Selected interventional radiology as a day case or overnight stay at Pinderfields Hospital.
- Day case surgery within Dewsbury and Pinderfields
- Outpatient clinic at all three hospital sites
- Leg ulcer/Vascular Nurse clinics are held at all three of our hospital sites.
Varicose veins can cause pain and swelling and skin problems and often are the cause of leg ulceration. Patients with chronic venous disease are assessed using ultra sound scanning, often on the same day as their outpatient appointment, and have access to a full range of treatments including (radio frequency ablation, foam sclerotherapy, and vein stripping operations.
Peripheral arterial disease
Carotid artery disease
Diabetic foot ulceration
Patients with diabetes can develop areas of ulceration on their feet, which can be complicated by infection, neuropathy (nerve damage) or ischaemia (peripheral arterial disease). Within Mid Yorks we have a highly specialised multidisciplinary team aiming to prevent and heal diabetic foot ulcerations as soon as possible. The team includes specialist podiatrist, diabetologist, podiatric surgeons and specialist nurses. Vascular specialists are able to provide local review and intervention within Mid Yorks if there is evidence of infection or ischaemia.
Thoracic outlet syndrome
Vascular Disease is as common as cancer and heart disease. It accounts for 40% of deaths in the UK, many of which are preventable. Vascular disease is caused by inflammation and weakness of the veins and arteries.
The most common disease, peripheral arterial disease, affects the arteries in your legs; 9% of the population suffer from this for of vascular disease.
There are many factors that result in the increased risk of developing vascular disease:
- Being male
- Family history
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Unhealthy diet
- Lack of exercise
Reducing the Risk
There are several lifestyle changes and behaviours that patients can do to help prevent the development of vascular disease:
- Stop smoking
- Diabetics should undergo regular fasting blood sugar levels taken to ensure there is no underlying problem not being treated.
- High blood pressure; patients who suffer from this should check their blood pressure regularly 140/85 target reading, if this is higher seek medical advise from your doctor.
- Cholesterol- patients should ideally have a cholesterol level less than 5.
- Weight- maintain a healthy weight. This can lower the risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
- Active health style and healthy diet.